Diwali is the time when we all like to go traditional. From the food we eat to how we decorate our homes and to the way we dress up, everything is ethnic and traditional. This is one of those festivals which take us back to our roots, and whether we are in India or abroad, Diwali means going ethnic, going Indian.
Diwali is a special occasion when men and women love to dress in traditional attire. While men can be seen pulling out their kurta pyjamas, women are seen going back to their suits, lehangas and sarees. And although there are several options, most women love wearing sarees during this time. Sarees have a way of not only making every occasion special but also a way of making a woman feel and look special. So most women, age notwithstanding, love to get into a saree during festivals, especially during Diwali. Diwali sarees are traditional and vibrant, with colourful and embellished designs that often feature intricate embroidery or other embellishments, giving them a festive air.
These sarees can be worn with traditional blouses in matching or contrasting colours. But if you want to add that contemporary touch to your saree, you could opt for halters or spaghetti tops. Those will add a touch of glamour to your saree. My experience shows that nothing can beat the look of a traditional kanjeevaram worn with a halter or a lace saree worn with a blingy spaghetti top. Both look festive and beautiful but with a contemporary touch.
Depending on personal preference and regional traditions, various types of sarees can be worn during Diwali. Going by our country’s rich and abundant heritage, there is no dearth of options. Here is the list of Best Traditional Saree Designs For Diwali Look 2023. One is actually spoilt for choice!
1. Banarasi Sarees
For that typical Diwali saree look, you could pick up a Banarsi. These sarees are made in Varanasi and are known for their rich silk fabric and intricate zari work. Banarasi sarees often feature floral motifs or traditional designs and are considered luxurious and elegant for festive occasions like Diwali. Though they are generally heavy, lighter versions also exist, which would be more appropriate during Diwali.
2. Kanjeevaram Sarees
These are from Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu and are known for their heavy silk fabric and vibrant colours. They often have gold or silver zari borders and intricate temple motifs woven into the fabric. And because of their traditional look, many women like to wear these during this time. However, these, too, have lighter options that you could choose from. You could choose a kanjeveram with a plain body and an intricate border, which could be your saree for Diwali this year.
3. Bandhani Sarees
Bandhani sarees are traditional sarees from the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. They are tie-dyed using a resist dyeing technique, resulting in beautiful patterns of dots or squares. Bandhani sarees are usually brightly coloured and perfect for Diwali celebrations. They are not very heavy, which makes them appropriate during such times.
4. Chanderi Sarees
Chanderi sarees are from the town of Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh and are known for their lightweight fabric and fine zari work. They often have geometric patterns, floral motifs, or traditional designs woven into the fabric.
Chandersi are often preferred by those who can’t handle the traditional heavy silks. Since these are lightweight, they are very easy to manage, especially if a bit of silk is mixed in the fabric.
5. Paithani Sarees
Paithani sarees are from Maharashtra and are known for their silk fabric and intricate pallu (border). They often feature peacock motifs and bright colours, making them popular for festive occasions like Diwali. However, these are again on the heavier side and may not be preferred by those who are not used to wearing sarees.
6. Chikankari Sarees
If you like to wear simpler sarees with very few embellishments, you could go for a pastel Chikankari saree. These sarees come from Lucknow and are known for their intricate and elegant work.
The saree could have a little bit of zari on it, and you could pair it with a traditional or a contemporary blouse. Chikankari on georgette could be your best bet as the fabric drapes very well. This can be great for someone who is not accustomed to wearing sarees.
7. Patola Sarees
These bright and colourful sarees from Gujrat also look very traditional and are just apt for Diwali. These could be in silk or cotton. But the silk version is generally preferred during Diwali for that vibrant saree look. Since the silk is a little light, draping such a saree is not difficult and you could make this your saree for Diwali this year.
8. Ikat Sarees
These sarees are, again, an excellent option for Diwali. They come from three regions: Andhra Pradesh, Gujrat and Odisha. These are again bright and cheerful with hues of different colours. Both single and double ikat sarees look stunning. Ikat sarees also come in silk and cotton, but silk is the preferred fabric during the festive season.
9. Contemporary Sarees
Other than the tried and tested traditional options, you can also go for a contemporary drape in satin, lace, georgette or crepe and accessorise it with some conventional jewellery. Such sarees, when worn in bright and vibrant colours, look beautiful. This could be your way of following the latest fashion trends for Diwali, and wearing a traditional piece of jewellery could get that ethnic look. Again, these fabrics are light, easy to drape, and fall very well. For that reason, a lot of young girls like going for this option.
These are just a few examples of the sarees worn during Diwali. The choice of saree ultimately depends on personal preferences, regional traditions, and individual style.
You could pick what works for you.
A saree is only one part of the story. For that complete festive look during Diwali, you must also pick your jewellery and blouses with a lot of care.
The look does not have to be over the top because it is not a wedding, but has to be Indian. Your jewellery could be one statement piece like a heavy pair of earrings or a necklace, which you could teem with a few bangles, bracelets or just a kada.
The jewellery does not have to be gold or diamond; silver works equally well.
When it comes to blouses, you could choose from a plethora of options. The blouse could be the one that comes with the saree, or you could pick one in a contrasting shade. When it comes to the sleeves of the blouse, choose what you are most comfortable with. You could choose to wear long or short sleeves or even sleeveless.
In my opinion, the back of the blouse is something that you can really experiment with. A deep back looks chic and sexy. But of course, a high back also looks classy in some cases.
But the most critical part of the blouse is its fitting. Whatever kind of blouse you may choose, make sure it fits well. It should take the shape of your body and sit well; it should neither be too tight nor too loose.
And finally, to get that stunning Diwali saree look, you need confidence so that heads turn wherever you go!